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Four Natural Treatments For Acne

Feb 2, 2008
Acne is quite common, not only for teenagers but for many adults as well. Acne is caused by the follicular glands on the face and other parts of your body getting irritated and rupturing by common bacteria which impacts the pore. This can lead to the everyday blackheads, whiteheads, or even severe acne which is pus filled pores that everyone tries to avoid. Severe acne can cause scarring which can be permanent if not treated properly. Certainly stress and genetics are contributors to acne; diet also plays a major role. There are certain natural approaches that can help you with acne. Because they are natural they are far less expensive then some of the major treatments that involve prescription medications, topical creams, and light and heat therapies.

Cleaning Up Your Diet - Studies have shown that natural insulin seems to help acne which suggests that high refined carb diets are a major cause of acne. That means if you stay away from fatty and high carb foods you could help to eliminate your acne. Although there is no particular cause of acne, unhealthy eating in general is a major factor in acne which has been proven through various studies on people who eat more food that they grow themselves. They rarely have acne if at all. This goes to show you that the more processed foods and fatty foods we eat the more acne we will have. So, increase your leafy greens and vegetables so that not only will you have a natural acne treatment, but you will also have a healthier body.

Take Your Vitamins - Vitamin A is the most important acne treatment you could have. Although Vitamin A is wonderful for clear skin and a healthy body, you need to take it in the right dosage because of the potential for damaging your liver. Vitamin A helps to reduce the fat or sebum that builds up in your pores. Another vitamin that is a fat-soluble vitamin for the skin is Vitamin D. Often called "liquid sunshine", this gives you the same effect that sun exposure can give you without having to spend hours in the sun. Acne tends to be worse in the winter and although spending numerous hours out in the sun is not good for you, there is a certain healing affect to acne that the sun, or Vitamin D in this case, can give you.

Take Your Minerals - We can't say it enough; Zinc and Sulfur are so important when it comes to the treatment of acne. Zinc works throughout your body to not only give you clearer skin but to help repair any damage you may have done to your body through unhealthy eating or dieting. Sulfur is a natural anti-microbial which helps your body fight infection and actually aids in the skin regrowth and development that can help you avoid acne and take away blemishes.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals and Scrubbing Agents - Many people think that by scrubbing their face that they can make the acne go away. In fact it is quite the opposite. You need to wash your face lightly with a warm washcloth and then splash it with cold water. Aloe vera gel or cream is also nice for your face if the acne is making it feel hot or raw. You do not need a fancy face wash or soap that dries out your skin which actually causes more acne. If you want a deep cleansing you can try beating a raw egg yolk and leaving it on your skin for 15 minutes before simply rinsing off with water. If you feel like you have to have some sort of cleaner on your face you can use a gentle exfoliant which is oatmeal based to thoroughly clean without drying out.
About the Author
Erin Carmody writes for Acne-Vitamins.com, your source for vitamin B5 treatments and a free guide to vitamins for acne. Learn more at our Clear Skin Blog. http://www.acne-vitamins.com
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